Sunday, October 19th, 2014 03:00 am
A few years back, sorting through some of my old papers, I found this poem. It's dated 11th December 1988, when I was nearly fourteen.


They will stand beside you
When all things are good.
And in the times when things are bad
Beside you they have stood.
They always tell the truth to you
As every good friend must
And they are reliable:
Friends you always trust.
They never will say nasty things
About the clothes you wear
They'll stand up for you against others
When you're not there.
You can always trust your friends
To hold your place in queues.
They'll always tell you "You played well",
Even if you lose.
Always keeping by your side:
Friendship never ends.
Yet, after all, we're only human:
Who has friends?
Sunday, October 19th, 2014 11:34 am
After a year-long hiatus, Homestuck is starting up again, so drop by [community profile] mspa_updates to chat about new updates!
Friday, October 17th, 2014 09:17 pm
Traveling and maintaining the RL persona travel blog is taking up all of my energy.

Redwood was amazing.

Yosemite was nice, but Yosemite Valley is way too touristy for me. Couldn't do much else because the husband has a cold.

Kings Canyon is amazing and wonderful and did I mention amazing?

Oh, and Netflix US is great. I got a craving for Sci-fi again and now I am rewatching Star Trek Voyager. Oh my, that series is... Sometimes great and sometimes really awful.
Friday, October 17th, 2014 12:53 am
Tell me some more about when you saw light on my window.
Earlier on you were lost like a slave I can't free.
I understand you.
Is it because I deceived you that you came to me?
My, my, my, Eliza!
Why, why, why, Eliza?
I can see you're just a conditional tree
But you remind me we came here to talk about me.
Thursday, October 16th, 2014 06:12 pm
I just did the thing I've done once before (with my Mac Mini) where, the day the newest version of an Apple product is launched, I immediately track down one of the devices that just got demoted to "no longer the latest and greatest" while it is still available, but at a discount.

So in a week or so, I should receive a second generation iPad mini. The only significant difference between it and the new one is the addition of Touch ID, which isn't a killer feature in my book.

My first generation iPad mini is still ticking along faithfully, but the headphone jack no longer works, and it only has 16 GB of memory, making it difficult to free up enough space to upgrade to iOS 8. The new one I ordered today will have 32 GB. I'm also looking forward to having a Retina display.

Also, with the release of Yosemite today, my laptop is now three major OS versions out of date. I should probably get around to upgrading it sometime in the next few months.
Thursday, October 16th, 2014 06:01 pm
"I'm a perfectionist... no, that's not right."
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 05:38 pm

Hi all,

Today another SSL vulnerability was announced. This one is named POODLE and is, while serious, much less serious than the Heartbleed event from some months ago.

Unfortunately, the only real way to fix the problem is to disable something called "SSLv3" entirely. Basically, this means that we instruct our servers that they are no longer allowed to speak version 3 of the SSL protocol (you can think of it as a language -- we ban this language from our servers). It turns out this is generally OK since most browsers don't actually speak using SSLv3 these days -- you actually use what's called TLS, which is a more modern, better way of protecting the stuff you send across the Internet.

The SSLv3 protocol is actually around 15 years old at this point, and TLS has been out so long that nearly every browser out there supports it. However, shutting off SSLv3 does mean that very old browsers -- IE6, for one -- can no longer talk to Dreamwidth using encryption. In this case, since the encryption wouldn't actually mean anything, we think it's better to not even pretend that it works.

I will be making this change sometime in the next hour or three. This really should impact almost none of you, but there might be one or two and, in that case, I'm sorry. We think it's better to do this so you know you're not actually secure than to let Dreamwidth pretend to be secure.

Edit: This has been deployed. SSLv3 is disabled on Dreamwidth.

Comments and questions welcome, as always!

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 05:14 pm
So I'm not really part of Marvel fandom and really not at all familiar with the comics. But I just read a spoiler for the next movie and I'm confused )
Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 07:00 pm

With [staff profile] denise's help (the bulk of this was from her really!), we've made major changes to the dev-facing wiki documentation for clarity.

Among other things:

  • merged multiple/redundant pages and sections

  • improved linking

  • (hopefully) reduced the complexity of paths through the wiki for someone just getting started

The biggest change is to Dev Getting Started, which is now greatly expanded, with a much clearer flow, and more focus on someone totally new to DW/development. The resources for someone more experienced have been moved to Dev Quick Start .

The contents of Version Control have been merged with Newbie Guide: How To in Git and the latter is the canonical page for git info -- though now I'm tempted to go rename it to Version Control because it's shorter. Git How To? ;)

Git instructions in some pages have been updated to be much simpler with a pointer to the appropriate section in the git commands in case that's needed.

And the Directory Structure has been expanded to cover more subdirectories.

Beginner Dev Checklist needs some more effort to pull it apart: plan is to integrate it into other pages as appropriate and then get rid of it (since it's not sufficiently different from Dev Getting Started to warrant its own page)

Would appreciate if you poked around through the various pages and let me know if there's anything still left unclear, or if you're aware of similar pages that can be merged into these existing ones!

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 02:45 am
Here's a conversation on Twitter between me and a man I don’t know in China. (FWIW I have a rather androgynous-looking user picture.)

He said, “Is it true that less than half of UK MPs voted for the resolution to recognise Palestine?”
I said, “Yes. But that’s irrelevant to the validity of the vote.”
He said, “Oh, I think it’s the most relevant thing in the world, sweetheart.”
I said, “I can only tell you what the standing orders of the House say. And I don’t appreciate being called ‘sweetheart’.”
He said, “sorry but when I hear a little dumb-dumb girl talking silly things I think of my 8 year old girls.”

Monday, October 13th, 2014 01:51 am

...when dealing with difficult people on the Internets.

Read more... )
Sunday, October 12th, 2014 11:10 pm
CW: Gamergate... )
Saturday, October 11th, 2014 08:01 am
San Francisco is awesome, but exhausting. So much to do, so little time and also so much walking.

Yesterday, we:
* saw the Golden Gate Bridge like good little tourists
* saw sea lions and way too many tourists
* walked through Chinatown - a lot
* rested in Yerba Buena Gardens
* had dinner at a Thai place Mission District

The hotel is... interesting. Great location (Marina District), a giant mirror next to the bed, flower tapestry and red light in the bathroom. Huh.

Today, Alcatraz, buying jeans and whatever else we can fit in.
Saturday, October 11th, 2014 04:20 am

Serious trigger warning for violent misogyny, harassment, abuse, and threats.

Seriously, TW for GamerGate and all the things associated therewith. )
Friday, October 10th, 2014 08:18 pm
Last night I couldn't enter my apartment through the front door because there was a spider in the keyhole. I tried to blow on it to scare it off but that only made it retreat even futher, ensuring there was no way to unlock the door without being some obscure means spider murderer, and I had to slink to the back door to come in. I'm not sure what I would have done if we didn't have a back entrance.
Thursday, October 9th, 2014 11:19 am
Flight is 2 hours delayed. Meh.

Edit : 3 hours now. So much for having the late afternoon / evening in San Francisco.
Thursday, October 9th, 2014 10:09 am
Once again at Seattle airport, this time waiting for the plane to San Francisco. Security was once again surprisingly simple.

Yesterday in bullet points :
* walked to AT&T and got a month long Internet plan. I feel human again ;-)
* had to buy new outdoor shoes because some kind of plastic in mine broke and was poking into my foot
* then to Starbucks for some coffee
* Pike Place Market, this time when everything was open. Amazing place! I could spend hours there
* EMP Museum - also really really great. The exhibitions on Fantasy and Science-Fiction are great and the one on Nirvana was interesting
* Chihuly Garden and Glass was next and that, too, was amazing. At times I couldn't believe that was really made of glass
* walked to Capitol Hill in the evening, but unfortunately due to much walking and new shoes my back started to really, really hurt and we had to cut that short and have an early night instead

Seattle was fun and a really ideal start to this trip. I am now very excited about San Francisco.
Thursday, October 9th, 2014 02:06 pm
It's time for another question thread!

The rules:

- You may ask any dev-related question you have in a comment. (It doesn't even need to be about Dreamwidth, although if it involves a language/library/framework/database Dreamwidth doesn't use, you will probably get answers pointing that out and suggesting a better place to ask.)
- You may also answer any question, using the guidelines given in To Answer, Or Not To Answer and in this comment thread.